Category Archives: Music

Ray Davies, Americana. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Autobiographies are such that the times they are written in often depict how they will be received, the memoirs of a soldier who fought perhaps during a war might be lauded during the aftermath of that conflict but many years down the line might be considered as crass, demeaning or even insulting to the memory of the fallen, on both sides.

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Sidelong. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

We wait seemingly at the crossroads of history, our engines not exactly revving, our minds certainly not on the road ahead, we are sandwiched between the idea of making it through to other side whilst the other three lanes that have drivers twitching in their seats and reaching down into their saddles bags for a bottle of bourbon, their sidearms and an old wrecked copy of the local A to Z. The landscape being made oblivious to all, and yet somewhere out of nowhere the anger and the passionate are given a home as Sarah Shook & The Disarmers rattle the cages of the ignorant and joins forces with the vulnerable.

Vair, A Place In Time. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The thrill of listening is not one that should ever be dismissed as sleight of hand, a trick or an illusion of the senses, each note after all is like a word in a poem, it is fought over, it is a war between what might be perceived as popular and what is right; the politics of movement over the commonly accepted and often unappealingly fashionable.

Nikka & Strings, Underneath And In Between. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

The image of the smoky back rooms in which the lively catch the attention of the sparkling and the animated, the streets of Harlem jumping with the new sound, proud of what the music speaks of, and somewhere on 121st Street the vivacious tones of a voice raised by an angel and given permission to wink and be coy like a devil sings songs of beauty, happiness and regret in equal measure.

The Doomsday Kingdom, Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Always pertinent, never short of imagery, some bands create albums that are always going to stand the test of time, no matter the genre, simply because they invoke the picture of Time, of humanity’s walk to destruction or to sincerely hoped redemption with clarity and transparent lucidity.

It is in that lucid thought that the nightmares and dreams force themselves to the forefront and The Doomsday Kingdom’s self titled album is no different; it soars with the same intelligent clear thought found so abundantly on many metal albums but one that really gets to grips with the idea of mortality and destruction, even as undercurrent carried by the thoughts of Candlemass’ Leif Edling.

Ashley Reaks, Growth Spurts. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Culture is always under threat, it is the way some find easiest to deal with thoughts that frighten them, the enlightened, the free thinkers, the progressive, the radical, call them what you will but some people like to stamp down on such liberal and open to new ideas, not because they are necessarily evil, not because they are even frightened of the possibilities such art would take but because they have become too entrenched in their own opinions and intolerance to change. Culture is not vapid, it is not weak, but it is fluid, it is all about acceptance and being inspired by any member of society who can find art in the beautiful.

Lisa Ward & The XYY, 27. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Defy everything. Make a stand somewhere in the sand and resist conformity and disregard those who dare suggest that just because you’re A does not mean you cannot be Z, that because you are from one place does not mean you cannot live in another, that just because one culture decides you must live in their guarded room does not mean that you cannot explore the playground when they are looking the other way; defiance is the only way that they truly learn and it is always good to see a band stand up and be counted in such a way.

Cattle & Cane, Mirrors. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

A room full of Mirrors can be the most illuminating tool, it can capture light and throw it around like truths in a wilderness of tangled lies, it can show the flaws and imperfections, it can enhance the reflection and make it whole; depending on which way you look at anything in one, you can see yourself clearly and all that you are.

Kate Grom, Heroine. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

We all know someone that we have met upon the way that was just leaving to find were they truly belonged in the world, they had packed their bags and gone to a place where they knew no one, not a single soul, didn’t perhaps know the customs, the language or the day they might return. In men it is arguable that it is perhaps to be expected, we nod approvingly at the way they defy convention and wish that our own children would take the plunge and seek adventure.

Diana Rising, Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness. Album Review.


Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The hunt is on when one of the goddesses can be seen, when the daughter of Jupiter is virtuous but can never claim to have been tempted, then shall Diana rise and in her daylight it shall be thought of that the Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness.